U.P. WIDE ADVENTURE GUIDE’S GRAND KAYAKING ADVENTURE
Imagine kayaking along the shoreline of the biggest freshwater lake in the world. Along a lake with some of the most beautiful shorelines in the United States, through vibrant blue waters as you listen to the waves crash upon sheer rock cliffs of beautiful red and orange hues. Yes, imagine Lake Superior.
Next, imagine backcountry camping on Grand Island. Grand Island is a National Recreation Area of the Hiawatha National Forest since 1988. The island is 22-square mile rustic island paradise.
Picture yourself hiking on some of the 23 mile perimeter hiking trail upon towering sandstone cliffs overlooking Lake Superior’s splendor or, on any of the numerous other trails that the island has to offer.
Imagining as you hike, what life was like for the Native Americans, voyageurs, and loggers, hunters, trappers, fur traders, geologists and vacationers who have formerly called Grand Island home. As if that were not exciting enough, envision yourself then snorkeling the amazing Bermuda Shipwreck.
Dream no longer; call U.P. WIDE ADVENTURE GUIDE todayto book your Grand Kayaking adventure, weather permitting. Make sure to bring your camera and lots of film. (Click here for package rates and details)
Our starting point will be Munising Bay, adjacent to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island National Recreation Area. U.P. WIDE ADVENTURE GUIDE will outfit you with a kayak and assist you in stowing kayak and camping gear in your kayak for an overnight stay on Grand Island. Your guide will then assist you with portaging the kayak to the shoreline of Munising Bay and engage you in a safety briefing and demonstration.
Your guide will then assist you in navigating up the coastline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for a two hour round trip or longer depending on your interest and kayaking ability. You will paddle past Sand Point, the towering Miner’s Castle, the intriguing Painted Coves and the alluring Caves of the Bloody Chiefs at Mosquito River, time permitting; while taking in breathtaking beauty you won’t soon forget. You won’t believe how beautiful the water is!
THE SONG OF HIAWATHA
By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nakomis,
Daughter of the moon, Nakomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and shiny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.
There the wrinkled old Nakomis
Nursed the little Hiawatha…
Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem. Longfellow’s anthology was published earlier by U.S. Indian Agent Henry Rowe Schoolcraft in the early 1800’s. Longfellow mentioned the scene from the poem is among the Ojibways on the southern shore of Lake Superior, in the region between Pictured Rocks and Grand Sable Dunes.
After retracing your route, your guide will then assist you in the ½ mile crossing of Munising Bay to Grand Island. You will be paddling over depths sometimes reaching over 200 feet. After this exhilarating crossing, you will then paddle with your guide past the beautiful Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse that appears to sit virtually untouched through the passage of time.
Then, you will follow the shoreline to the west into Grand Island’s serene Murray Bay. As you round Muskrat Point any waves will subside and Murray Bay will be a welcome respite to any sounds of passing boats or vehicles traveling on neighboring M-28 Hwy. Here you will find solace from any problems you may be facing in the outside world.
Inside the bay you will seek shelter and revel in its serenity and crystal clear water. You will taken aback by its tranquility and its mesmerizing ability, especially as night falls. After finding a backcountry site to set up your rustic tent camp, you will enjoy a relaxing evening as your guide gathers firewood for a campfire.
You may want to take this time to snack on a MRE provided by your guide or perhaps munch on food you may have brought with you or meander along the pretty sand beach as you look for interesting animal tracks or driftwood. You can then spend the evening sitting around a campfire telling stories or turn in early to take in the sounds of the local wild nightlife.
The next morning after a simple camp breakfast of MRE’s or re-hydrated breakfast pack meals heated over a small pack stove; you can snorkel out to the beautiful Bermuda shipwreck. As you swim towards the wreck you will be overtaken with anticipation.
Then suddenly it will be there…in your view. Its grandeur will be more than you ever expected. The sight of the ship will take your breath away as you peer down pondering what life was like then and there; living and finally dying on the Bermuda as those who once sailed on her did.
If you dare, hold your breath and take a dive down and touch the porthole on the bow of the ship. If you look closely as you peer into the cavernous hole where the cabin once was, you may even see imaginative figures of the ghosts of those who perished that fateful night. Listen as your guide tells you the perils of the Bermuda in its last few hours.
As you swim back to your campsite contemplating what you saw, you may notice parts of other shipwrecks strewn along the lake floor in the Alger Underwater Preserves. After packing up camp, we’ll kayak back to our starting point and reflect upon or grand adventure and begin planning our next adventure. As you glide over the water you may just see the wrinkled face of Nakomis peering up at you from the crystal clear water below.
Your trip with U.P. WIDE ADVENTURE GUIDE may end at the sand beach of Munising’s Bay as you continue on your vacation alone or, you may elect to engage your guide in additional services. However, the memories of your grand kayaking adventure will live on forever.
As long as the weather cooperates, you won’t be disappointed.
PRICE: Overnight backcountry stay on Grand Island, including kayak safety demonstration, kayak rental, camping gear rental, kayak gear rental, meals ready to eat, personal guided trip, kayak excursion to Pictured Rocks, snorkeling equipment rental, snorkeling the Bermuda, travel for the guide from Epoufette, and travel included from Epoufette for clients if desired = $350.00.
Additional guiding opportunities available at a reduced cost if conducted in conjunction with the Grand Kayaking Adventure.